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Closing arguments wrap in Spokane police case
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionNovember 1, 2011

Federal prosecutors said a police officer used his badge as a license to brutally beat a citizen who posed no threat, but his lawyer countered in closing arguments Monday that the force veteran was only responding to a perceived threat as his training ...more »

Chicago Cubs 2012 free-agent and draft-pick possibilities
Through The Fence Baseball (blog)November 1, 2011

With some burdening contracts finally expiring soon, and many positions needing to be filled, this offseason could get real interesting on the north side of Chicago. They also own the sixth pick in next year's draft, and Epstein has showed a keen eye ...more »

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Audit Defence
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WeiserMazars LLP Promotes Three Senior Managers to Partner in New York City ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

He has extensive knowledge in IRS, state, and local tax law and policy. As a tax controversy specialist, Mr. Cohen has been involved with tax litigation, examination and appeals, and has helped to craft voluntary disclosure agreements. ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Successful
JD Supra (press release)November 2, 2011

Its report said that IRS' smooth administration of the offshore voluntary disclosure initiative “increased taxpayer compliance.” These sentiments were echoed by Shulman when he said, “We are clearly bringing people back into the US tax system – and we ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Fredonia asked to dump fund balance
Evening ObserverNovember 1, 2011

While the 6.7 fund balance provides some relief for unplanned expenses, it is 2.7 percent great than the general municipal law recommended 4 percent. While presenting the findings of the external audit to the board of education during the October ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Are Lawyers Independent Contractors Or Employees?
ForbesNovember 2, 2011

Your lawyer is surely an independent contractor. But in other cases it may not be so clear. The distinction matters and big bucks and liability can be at stake. No fringe benefit, pension, retirement, or other plans. Considering the disadvantages ...more »

Property Taxes
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Phil Kadner: Proposed bill could stop property tax increases
SouthtownStarNovember 4, 2011

If property values in your community go down, your property tax bill would not increase without voter approval, under a bill before the Illinois House. The legislation, HB 3793, addresses a major complaint of homeowners who saw their property value ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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17 Indians own up having secret accounts with HSBC Bank, Geneva
Economic TimesNovember 10, 2011

According to sources in the tax office, the amount disclosed ranges from Rs 50 crore to Rs 300 crore. Many in the list have opted to file 'revised return' - a procedure allowed under the Income-Tax Act for taxpayers who think they made a mistake while ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Education SPLOST on Tues. …
NeighborNewspapers.comNovember 2, 2011

“Shall the special 1 percent sales and use tax for educational purposes currently imposed in Fulton County be reimposed on July 1, 2012, upon the expiration of the current such tax, for not longer than 20 consecutive calendar quarters?,” the ballot ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Shorten cues tax law change after legal defeat
The AustralianNovember 1, 2011

Mr Shorten said "the government is taking action to ensure that multinationals pay the correct amount of tax in Australia on their income and to provide certainty on our transfer pricing laws".more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Diamond merchant from Purchase gets prison for tax evasion, hid $7.1 million
The Journal News | LoHud.comNovember 10, 2011

Prosecutors said Werdiger set up bogus foundations in Liechtenstein between 1986 and 1988 then opened up several accounts at UBS AG as part of the tax evasion scheme. He even used a code name for the Swiss banking giant to communicate with him: Trygon. ...more »

International Taxation
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Michele Bachmann calls for flatter tax code that requires everyone to pay ...
DesMoinesRegister.comNovember 3, 2011

Michele Bachmann called for flatter income taxes – but not a flat tax – in an economic policy speech at Iowa State University this afternoon. Bachmann, a Republican presidential candidate and congresswoman from Minnesota, said that if elected she would ...more »

Tax Planning
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Kampeter Says 'Exceptional' German Growth Boosts Tax Revenue
BusinessWeekNovember 4, 2011

The data comprise money raised by federal, state and local taxes. The panel's report forms the basis of government budget planning. The group is made up of university economists, experts from the Bundesbank and federal and state officials. ...more »


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